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Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ"; Introduction and Rondo capriccioso; La muse et le poète / Noah Geller, violin; Mark Gibbs, cello; Jan Kraybill, organ

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La muse et le poète, for violin, cello & piano (or orchestra), Op. 132
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Charles Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was "a man of many parts". He wrote and published poetry and at least one staged drama; he knew Berlioz, lived long enough to know Stravinsky, and was among the numerous younger composers who received significant encouragement from Liszt, to whom he dedicated his towering orchestral achievement, the Symphony No.3 "Organ", recorded here. The Symphony in C minor is, in fact, an outright tribute to Liszt, in its substance and structure as well as the dedication. Music Director Michael Stern has embarked on his second decade with the Kansas City Symphony, hailed for its remarkable artistic ascent, inventive programming, organizational development and stability, and the extraordinary growth of its varied audiences since his tenure began. Under his thoughtful direction, the Symphony has partnered with Grammy® Award-winning Reference Recordings for an ongoing series of highly praised CDs and ushered in a new era of critical acclaim and sold-out concerts.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The Kansas City performance here was recorded in Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts, where a new 102- rank Casavant was installed in 2011. It sounds magnificent and Jan Kraybill's playing integrates very well into the orchestral picture. As a result organist Carl Adam Landstrųm plays an electronic instrument, described in the notes as follows: "a Hoffrichter console with the 'Hauptwerk' virtual pipe organ software by Milandigitalaudio and a sample set produced by Sonusparadisi based on the complete sampling of the CavaillT-Coll organ of the Saint-Etienne Abbaye in Caen (France)". That instrument was built in 1885, which is also the year Saint-Saens wrote the symphony, so there is a certain logic to using its sounds. They look wonderful and fill a large space in a way electronics can't match.

The Kansas City disc is filled out with the well-known Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, expertly played by the orchestra's concertmaster, Noah Geller. Geller is technically assured and plays with panache. The other work, La Muse et le Poete, is a lengthy (16 minute) piece for violin, cello, and orchestra. Geller is joined by Mark Gibbs, the orchestra's principal cellist. This attractive was written in 1910 and reminds us how much Saint-Saens came to represent the conservative aspects of 19th Century French music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (06/20/2013-06/21/2013).



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>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Noah Geller (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Kansas City Symphony
  • Notes: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (06/20/2013-06/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1863

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La muse et le poète, for violin, cello & piano (or orchestra), Op. 132
  • Performers: Noah Geller (Violin); Mark Gibbs (Cello)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Kansas City Symphony
  • Notes: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (06/20/2013-06/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"
  • Performer: Jan Kraybill (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Kansas City Symphony
  • Notes: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (06/20/2013-06/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886